Doris turned out 50 suits in one day for I. Spiewak Plant '42

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  1. Edward

    Edward Well-Known Member

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    1942 Press Photo Doris Salvini Receives Award at Laskinlamb Institute
    Doris turned out 50 suits in one day for a production high at the I. Spiewak Plant. Photo is dated 07-17-1942

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  2. RB25

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    This is super cool. The Spiewak factory when it was here in NJ is about 45 min from where I currently live. Makes me wonder if she still has family in the area. I wouldn’t be surprised since people tend to stay here for one reason or another. I believe Spiewak made the D1 jacket in addition to the A2 when it comes to jackets. This looks like a D1 to me that she has on.
     
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  3. B-Man2

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    I bet her family would be amazed to know of her wartime contributions and that people in this day and age are still impressed with her and read about her accomplishments.
     
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  4. Micawber

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    Brilliant.
     
  5. Ken at Aero Leather

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    This is impossible, there must have been some sort of production line involved and the "50 a Day" are her contribution or the number of Woodbines she got through.
    For example, the fastest machinist I've ever worked with could make a very basic pair of 1960s velvet trousers (no pockets) in 7 minutes, even she couldn't possibly have made the same basic trousers in sheepskin in twice that time, not a chance, the overlocking / joining machines are far too slow, even it it was possible that's 4 an hour, 32 a day........not a hope, never mind 50
    The fastest leather machinist I've ever seen could knock out a Horsehide jacket in just under an hour............every one had serious errors, we couldn't get her to slow down even by offering a bonus for perfect jackets, I think she could have made half a dozen a day without errors.
    I'm a very quickworker, I could make a simple leather jacket just inside an hour, but I couldn't keep that rate up all day, I've never tried but I know I couldn't make a Type D-1 in under 2 hours no matter rough a job would be acceptable
     
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  6. Ken at Aero Leather

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    Did Spiewak make C-3 vests? 50 of those would be just about fiesible with overtime
     
  7. Micawber

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    Maybe she was in quality control so inspected 50 suits a day...
     
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  8. Edward

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    In light of Ken’s post perhaps she only did one part of the jacket in the production line. Maybe she knocked out more than her quota for completion within a multi person assembly line which completed the jacket?
     
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  9. Silver Surfer

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    the unsung heros of the us wwll war effort. this gal was one of many, many whos contribution, in making garments, munitions, weaponry, aircraft, etc, are largely forgotten.
     
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  10. saucerfiend

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    Yea, she was the Supervisor and took the credit for the entire Dept.. That's how it usually goes.
     
  11. Juanito

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    Wartime homefront propaganda? Nah, that never happens!

    By the way, a shout out to North Bergen, NJ, one of my favorite places in the world!
     
  12. dmar836

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    Lamb linings? What had lamb linings besides cloth jacket collars?
     
  13. RB25

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    Gonna look the name up and see what I can find
     
  14. johnwayne

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    Attractive gal our Doris!
     
  15. RB25

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    I was thinking that as well.
     
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  16. Otter

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    Ken, just face it; your staff are slacking off :rolleyes:.

    Must be some sort of line type production, no way could one person churn that many out. Just like the 24 hour Wellington, yes it is possible, but only if every sub assembly is already there and complete.
     
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  17. Micawber

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    Oh yes she is and she always speaks very highly of you ;)
     
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  18. Ken at Aero Leather

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    I'm going to print this off for Tony & Greg :)
     
  19. Otter

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    Worker motivation, give them a target to reach. Cream egg as a reward for reaching it.
     

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